As usual Newcastle have let it be known that they will be spending money this summer, but that’s the least they should be doing, after the way the club has been mismanaged from the top this season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – impressive young Anderlecht striker
Newcastle certainly have the money to spend, but we are afraid the negative publicity that has surrounded the club this season, could mean we’ll be very hard pressed to bring in some of our top targets.
There are reports doing the rounds that we will be after 20 year-old Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 22 year-old Burnley striker Danny Ings, and Marseilles’ 25 year-old free agent Andre Ayew.
But why would either of those three good players want to come to Newcastle, when bigger and more successful clubs are also after them?
John Carver, in his attempts to make the hierarchy at Newcastle look good (almost an impossible task these days), has said he’s seen the targets and they are very good players.
But we could have Lionel Messi as a target this summer, but we have no chance of signing him, so having top targets doesn’t mean much – unless you have a decent chance of signing them.
And today Newcastle are only a successful club in the financial aspect of the game – not on the field.
Given our last few seasons, Newcastle are no longer the attractive club we once were, other than to younger players, who will see the middle of the table club in the Premier League as a stepping stone in their careers.
And after one or two years at Newcastle they can then move to a real club, always assuming we make sufficient profit on them in that time-frame.
That’s the sad way Newcastle are run these days.
We hope we are wrong, and we want to see a good side again at Newcastle.
But we’d be very surprised if any one of those above three targets arrive on Tyneside this summer.
The simple facts are there are bigger and more successful clubs after them – and that would seem to rule out the Magpies.
The best chance we have are to get in lesser known players, who turn out to be very good buys, and we’ve done that before – thanks to Graham Carr.
That’s our best hop in the summer.
What do you think?
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